A naked boy proudly welcomes the visitors at the main gate of a shrine called Momotaro-jinja in Inuyama, [W:Aichi Prefecture].
He is the hero from Japanese folk-tale Momotaro (known as Peach Boy), which is also his name.
The story starts with the scene where a childless old woman finds a giant peach floating down a river, and she takes it home.
When her husband and she try to cut it open, a baby boy came out from the peach.
The old couple named him “Momotaro (Peach Taro)”…
You can read the rest of the story HERE.
According to a folk-tale, Momotaro was born in Inuyama, therefore, Momotaro shrine was built in the area.
The Momotaro statue depicted the very moment of his birth from a peach, but the face is almost like a middle aged man!
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